Michael Barone, in the process of explicitly eating some crow*, notes the bizarre paradox of yesterday’s results:
So I was wrong. I take some pleasure in finding I have been wrong, because it’s an opportunity to learn more. As I prowl through the 2012 election statistics I will have an opportunity to learn much more about America and where we are today. A nation dissatisfied with the results of a Democratic president, Democratic Senate and Republican House has decided to return a Democratic president, Democratic Senate and Republican House. Lots to learn for all of us.
We had an incumbent run on change, win… and yet nothing has changed. Oh, I know: there’s a hell of a lot of second-order effects to worry about. But the fundamental problems that sparked the controversies of this campaign are still there; and the man (and party) that has been adamantly refusing to face them is still in charge, and will have to deal with them eventually. And as they famously told us: they don’t have a plan, themselves. They just don’t like ours.
Good luck on that, Mr. President. Sincerely. Because as near as I can tell, your help on this from your own side is going to be worse than useless; and nobody on my side is particularly interested in helping you at all.
*I find that I never particularly cared for the taste of it, myself; happily, there’s nobody on the planet besides my wife and maybe my mom that can actually make me eat it despite myself. All part of what I will call my, for lack of a better/more offensive term, ‘charm.’